If you regularly need to ferry large groups of people, be it family members, friends or work colleagues, the Ford Tourneo Custom could be just the vehicle you require.
Since it’s based on the celebrated Ford Transit, it comes as no surprise that the Tourneo Custom is big and, therefore, spacious. The vehicle comes in two lengths (L1 and L2) and is fitted with twin side sliding doors as standard, making it as easy as possible for travellers to get in and out. There’s room for up to eight passengers inside. This is in addition to the driver, who is treated to a Ford Focus-like cab, as well as an elevated position that provides excellent visibility. The Tourneo Connect offers impressive cargo volume: 1,200 litres (L1) or 1,900 litres (L2) when three rows of seats are in place.
The vehicle is installed with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that comes with a number different power outputs (from 99bhp to 153bhp). Fuel consumption figures vary depending on which engine and/or model is selected, but all provide economical driving. Despite its size, this passenger vehicle offers a car-like driving experience, not least because the inclusion of torque vectoring helps deliver enhanced stability, which is especially beneficial when cornering.
Audio entertainment is supplied by a ten-speaker sound system – and Bluetooth connectivity enables music streaming from compatible devices, allowing the driver to enjoy hands-free mobile phone communication. Higher-tier Titanium trims add an eight-inch touchscreen display, DAB digital radio, voice control functionality, and smartphone app integration, among other things.
Plenty of passive safety features are included as standard, such as numerous airbags and a minimum of three ISOFIX child-seat fixtures. Driver aids include an Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control, and Hill-Start Assist, which momentarily ‘locks’ the vehicle’s wheels whenever ignition is started on an incline.